In addition to funds allocated to partner agencies, each year United Way allocates about one percent of the funds distributed from the Annual Campaign to Venture and Special Assistance Grants. The one-time grants help fund programs that meet the needs of our community and that fit within United Way’s funding priorities: Education, Income, and Health. Grants were awarded to United Way partner agencies as well as health and human service agencies not affiliated with United Way. Venture Grants are one-time seed grants for new and innovative projects that address community needs. Special Assistance Grants provide support for special projects that can not be funded through an organization’s regular operating budget.

Since 1993 the Helen T. Howland Foundation has contracted with the United Way to provide recommendations for funding. This arrangement builds on United Way's fund distribution strength and saves time and money for the foundation.

If you are a nonprofit organization located in Broome County and would like to submit a proposal for a grant from United Way, please contact Cherry Carley.